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The Hearing Dog Program provides canine assistance to people with hearing loss by training dogs to alert Deaf and hard of hearing people to important sounds such as the smoke alarm, the telephone, and the doorbell. Through awareness of these sounds, the person's quality of life and independence dramatically improve. In addition, the loving companionship of a trained Hearing Dog results in the formation of a strong, life-long bond that benefits both the recipient and the dog.
What is a VFT?
A VFT helps house and train Hearing Dogs under the guidance of a Hearing Dog Program trainer. You provide a safe and loving home plus food, walks, playtime and socialization. We teach you how to train and care for the dog and cover vet costs.
How long does it take?
Training takes between 3 and 5 months. A trainer visits your home once a week to teach you how to train for sound alerts and obedience. These dogs are allowed to go into public places like restaurants and stores. After 3 to 5 months the dog is placed with a deaf or hard of hearing person.
What qualifications do I need?
If you love dogs and have some experience grooming, walking or training dogs, you may qualify to become a VFT. Contact us to set up an interview at your home.
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